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Military Magnet Academy Law Students Visit SC Criminal Justice Academy in Columbia

Recently, students in Mr. Ernest Cooper’s Law & Protective Service program at Military Magnet Academy had the opportunity to visit the SC Criminal Justice Academy in Columbia.DSC_0905

Students got to experience the only authorized law enforcement training facility in the State of South Carolina first hand.


MMA students in Mr. Cooper’s class also recently visited the courtroom of the Honorable Deadra L. Jefferson at the Charleston County Judicial Center on Broad Street downtown. Judge Jefferson welcomed them and explained her role in the judicial system.

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Learn & Earn with Paid Youth Apprenticeships – Applications Due ASAP


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Excellent student information session today on Youth Apprenticeships at Burke Middle-High School –
Thank you Mitchel Harp &  Lara McKenna from Trident Tech for sharing the good news with students!

Rising Juniors and Seniors should apply ASAP for their spot
in this amazing opportunity to Earn & Learn!

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CCSD Students Win Top 3 Prizes in Regional Business Plan Competition

May 7, 2015 – Charleston, SC – Over $15,000 was awarded to student competitors as seed money yesterday at the 4th Annual Regional Business Plan Competition presented by Motley Rice. Through community partnerships with Motley RiceMWVSuntrustParker Poe, The Bakker Family, & The Exchange Club of Charleston,YEScarolina was able to award startup cash to thirty five young entrepreneurs that presented their ideas and innovations to judges throughout the day. Hosted at the College of Charleston School of Business, future business owners competed in several rounds of competition before the six finalists landed themselves in the closing challenge round. The six local business leaders that made up the final judge panel were Earl Bridges of Good Done Great, Shauna VanBogart of Best Kept Self, Rebecca Vaughan of MeadWestVaco, Badge Humphries of Lewis Babcock Griffin Attorneys, Will Jamieson of Geekin Ventures, & Josh Wright of Merrill Lynch.

Connor Simonson, a senior at Wando High School, won the coveted first place prize of $1,000 for his innovative business idea, Deep Fried Dyes. Connor moved to Mt. Pleasant, SC from Seattle, WA just one year ago and his enthusiasm for lacrosse followed him. His business provides lacrosse players with professional string and dye jobs. Since fourth grade Connor has been playing lacrosse and his passion for the sport is evident in his business plan presentation and daily life.

Second place prize of $500 went to Matthew Root of James Island Charter High for M&B ATM LLC. Matthew has been an entrepreneur since birth! He is constantly networking and there is no doubt we will see him as a future business leader in our community and beyond.

Maddy Bessinger of West Ashley High School won the third place prize of $250 for her business Eat, Sit, Play. Maddy has been running her business for several years and her clients have nothing but positive things to stay about her pet sitting service.

The runners up were Hunter Price of West Ashley High School for Bag-a-Field, Kinley DuRant of James Island Charter for MMM Services, & Christian Davis of Ashley Ridge High School for Cultural Cooks.

These six young entrepreneurs now advance to the State Business Plan Competition presented by the Mark Motley Foundation June 17th at the College of Charleston School of Business in addition to twelve students from around the city and state. The public is encouraged to attend and watch the entrepreneurship challenge finals at 5:30 pm where the first place winner will receive $3,000, second place $2,000, & third place $1,000. The first place winner will also advance to the NFTE National Challenge.

Other CCSD schools with students participating in this event included St. Johns High School, Lincoln Middle-High School and Baptist Hill Middle-High School.

Picture above by Boncek Images – Top 3 winners of Regionals w/ Becky Vaughan of MWV & Yescarolina board member, YEScarolina Vice President Harriett Lee, and YEScarolina Program Coordinator Molly Crete.

About YEScarolina:

YEScarolina, a 501(c)3 non-profit, is the only organization in the state of South Carolina dedicated to teaching youth the principles of entrepreneurship and free enterprise. YEScarolina has helped thousands of young people from communities statewide build business skills and unlock their entrepreneurial creativity. To date, YEScarolina has trained and certified over 725 South Carolina teachers, free of charge, on the subject of entrepreneurship. These educators in turn have touched and inspired thousands of young South Carolinians with a thirst for entrepreneurship. Contact Harriett Lee for more information hlee@yescarolina.com or 843-556-1909.


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Moultrie Middle School PLTW Class Benefits from Statewide DonorsChoose.org Gift

About 1000 teachers throughout South Carolina got a terrific surprise yesterday – their Donors Choose classroom projects were funded by Charleston native and soon to be CBS Late Show host  Stephen Colbert, Greenville-based ScanSource and Share Fair Nation.

This gift of $800,000 and will go directly to specific classroom projects like this example at Moultrie Middle School in Mt. Pleasant: The Project Lead the Way program there got the VEX Clawbot Kits they requested!

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Check out the full story here: http://gsabusiness.com/news/54445-stephen-colbert-joins-in-funding-s-c-school-projects



West Ashley HS Students Invited to Demo Robotics at DIGSouth Event

West Ashley Mechatronics Teacher and FIRST Robotics adviser Mr. Nicholas Holmes said he was extremely flattered when he got the invitation for his students to demonstrate their robotics skills at the annual DIG South conference in Charleston.

“We brought our competition robot and one of the projects the students have been working on that assembles peanut butter cracker sandwiches”, Mr. Holmes said. CHECK OUT THIS VIDEO OF THE PEANUT BUTTER CRACKER MAKING ROBOT IN ACTION AT DIGSOUTH

Students took turns covering the table and visiting the other booths at the interactive expo. Some students even got to experience new virtual reality googles that allowed the user to ride a roller coaster!

Huge thanks to the organizers at DIGSouth for including students in this amazing event!


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Wando Students Compete in DECA International Career and Development Conference

DECA_logo.svgCongratulations to the Wando DECA qualifiers that competed in the International Career and Development Conference recently.
Wando DECA Adviser Kirk Beilke  said, “I want to give a special recognition to junior Eileen Stribling who made it “on stage” to receive her award for best role play response in the Human Resource Management category and to Kate Harper, Alton Massalon, and Elizabeth Clayton for receiving A Gold Award for “The Warrior Shop”, our own Nationally Certified School Based Enterprise.”
Other Wando DECA ICDC participants included:
Mason Hammond – Professional Selling Hospitality
Madison Mead – Professional Selling Financial Services
Forrest Redden and Will Lewis – Business Law and Ethics
Carrie Hillebrand – Business Financial Series
Thanks to everyone that supported the Wando DECA team at the event, and throughout the year!